DR AILEEN MCLEOD: Scotland is leading by example on tackling the climate crisis. I will be taking to New York, as I have taken to Brussels, lessons from Scotland – ensuring Scotland’s voice on climate change is heard. The Scottish Government is leading by example and Scotland is rightly recognised as a world leader in tackling climate change. In April, Nicola Sturgeon declared a climate emergency and launched Scotland on the path to bold and meaningful action that will completely end our contribution to climate change within a generation. Scotland is now redefining what world leadership means. Our response to the global emergency and a Green New Deal for Scotland was at the heart of the new Programme for Government announced earlier this month. Our ambitious target to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 – one of the toughest statutory targets in the world – is set out in the Scottish Government’s new Climate Change Bill, which will be debated next week in Holyrood. But Scotland’s transition to a net-zero society requires collaboration with everyone working together to ensure we can seize the opportunities and that no-one is left behind. Next year, Glasgow will host COP26, and Scotland will become the centre of the conversation on climate change. If we are to meet the challenges of the global climate crisis, we need more international co-operation, not less. EU membership offers Scotland an international framework within which to pursue our ambitions, but Brexit puts it in jeopardy. Serving as yet another example of why it is essential that Scotland takes its place on the global stage as an independent European nation.
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